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ORLANDO (CBSMiami) – Florida marks a somber anniversary of a mass shooting that shocked a nation.

Tuesday, June 12th, is the second anniversary of the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Student activists from around the country planned “die-ins” in front of state capitols, city halls, government buildings and NRA offices. Participants say this is their response to the administration’s slow response to gun violence.

Parkland school shooting survivor Chris Grady attended a die-in held in New York City.

“What I want people to get out of this is that we’re serious, we mean business, we’re not going away. You know, if you’re not going to stand and help us in the fight, then we’ll just get it done ourselves,” he said.

“The most important thing we can do as American citizens is to vote. I mean whether you agree with our stance or not, voting is number 1. It’s that simple,” said John Papanier, co-founder of March for our Lives New York

In South Florida, activists made their statement at the “Southern White House.” South Florida high school students Michael Pincus and Jenni Corwin organized a die-in outside President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago mansion in Palm Beach, according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald.

At noon, the First United Methodist Church Orlando rang their bells 49 times at noon in memory of those who died.

On Monday, Governor Rick Scott proclaimed June 12th “Pulse Remembrance Day” in the state.

A number of other ceremonies and events will take place across the state to mark the anniversary.

A foundation established after the shooting continues to work on plans for a permanent memorial at the site of the club.

CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald contributed to this report.


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